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Don't waste your time
on August 17, 2015
First of all, I have to admit that "cozy" mysteries are not my favorites. However, I liked the premise for this series, two sisters running an inn, one of whom is the chef -- maybe because MY sister is a chef -- so I picked up this from the library in the 2-vol version containing A Taste for Murder and A Dash of Death. But I had to quit about a hundred pages in. The main characters have no particular appeal, the supporting players are stupidly annoying, nothing much goes on, and the straw that broke the camel's back was when the protagonist flat-out lied to her significant other (the sheriff in our small-town paradise) but it was OKAY because she CROSSED HER FINGERS BEHIND HER BACK. What are we, six years old here?
Why is it that in cozies authors create so many adults -- even their protagonists -- who act like stupid, bratty kids? What is appealing about this? We're supposed to LIKE these people? Somehow find them funny? Or understand how they can act so immaturely? I love mysteries, but this is total crap. I give her 2 stars because the writing itself is adequate, but it's wasted on no plot and awful characters.